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04_01_03: Mad Cows Spread, Calvacade of Cod, and Velcro Farms

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  • Mark Sutton
    Howday! Welcome to the 19th edition of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter. In this issue, you learn about denim solar panels, why the Polish have less heart disease,
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2003
      Howday! Welcome to the 19th edition of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter.

      In this issue, you learn about denim solar panels, why the Polish have less
      heart disease, how students are using their tuition to wean their
      University off non-renewable energy sources, and a proposed new monetary
      value for human life in the United States.

      You'll also read about the potential of super germs from antibiotic
      resistance, why eating more cruciferous vegetables will help cut your lung
      cancer risks, what fruit stopped a plane from taking off, how researchers
      are ensuring the udders aren't tampered with, and see Capitol Hill staffers
      eating free vegan lunches.

      This is an unusal edition in that there isn't as much related to Howard
      therein (although see if you can find the surprise photo), or as many
      photos and factoids... but, for April Fool's Day, we're havin' some fun.

      A special nod of the head to our new subscribers. Y'all can read back
      issues at:

      Happy Spring to Everyone, and start those gardens... Earth Day's a comin'

      Mark, Editor


      00: Quote from Howard
      01: Exclusive: Mad Cows Infiltrate US: Other Species to Follow?
      02: Capitol Hill Served 300+ Vegan Meals
      03: Articles: The Environment
      04: Articles: Sustainability
      05: Articles: Diseases
      06: Humor: Udder Disgrace in the Midwest
      07: Articles: Human Health
      08: Articles: Vegetarianism
      09: Article: The Value of/on Human Life
      10: Humor: Velcro Farms in Crisis
      11: Resources
      12: 1st Annual International Humane Education Conf.
      13: Animal Rights 2003
      14: Donations to the Mad Cowboy Documentary
      15: Howard's Schedule
      16: Answer to Last Issue's Question
      17: Next Issue
      18: Closing Thought(s)

      *00: Quote from Howard
      "The bovine is truly a formidable and resourceful killer in the disguuise
      of an innocent, melancholy, big-eyed grass-eater: All kinds of animals
      have suffered under its domination of the West. Rabbits are endangered by
      the lack of vegetative cover for shelter and food; frogs, toads, and
      insects miss the rich, moist soil that livestock have dried and hardened;
      wild pigs are deprived of grasses, nuts, and berries; fish go belly-up in
      the cow-polluted streams and rivers; elk and antelope perish from diseases
      borne by live-stock-spread bacteria; people get heart attacks, diabetes,
      and cancer."

      ("Mad Cowboy," p. 144)

      *01: Exclusive: Mad Cows Infiltrate US: Other Species to Follow?
      "Deranged Bovines Spread Across the Planet"

      04/01/03: (Pairodeez Times) - K. Ramn Ottus: "In a report to be released
      this week at the Annual Scientific Report Releasing Conference in Cattlina,
      Moosouri, analysts from the Humans for Ethical Research and Determinism
      (HERD), in joint efforts with the Cowncil for Understanding Details (CUD),
      preliminary final results about a growing global infiltration of Mad Cows
      will be announced.

      "Vhen ve first saw diz Mad Cows in Zurich in 1998," admitted Dr. P.H. Dee,
      "ve may haf made der mistake und tinking dat dey vere a fad. Upon
      extensive review of recently declassified data from GBP Satellites, vee haf
      been shocked und awed by the speed vith vhich de cows have spread from
      Zurich, to London, New York, Chicago, und other cities und countries."

      The GBP, or "Global Bovine Positioning," satellites are part of a secret
      effort by the National Cattleperson's Association, the Beefy Council, and
      the Atkins Cholesterol Foundation, to facilitate the near instantaneous
      tracking of every cow on Earth. Documents obtained by the Council for Just
      Documentation (CJD) indicate that the current downturn in fast food sales
      has forced the sudden declassification and sale of many of the GBP imagery
      for use in commercial and academic endeavors.

      The US Center for Disseminating Corporate Factoids (CDCF) has taken issue
      with Dee's research. Dr. Baut Off, Director of the CDCF Obfuscation
      Branch, attending the conference, takes issue with Dee.

      "This research is excessive speculation, full of exaggerations, unfounded,
      unnecessary, anti-American, and intrusive. The number of mad cows is well
      within bounded parameters, there is math being used, and we all have
      advanced degrees." Off indicated, too, that he's looking forward to
      reading the report when its officially released.

      But, according to Dr. Ano Therexpert, in an anonymous interview broadcast
      on BNN (Bovine News Network), there is another threat looming on the
      horizon. Newer and higher-resolution imagery gives disturbing indications
      that the infilitration may have spread to other species, most notably Cod,
      Alligators, and Lions.

      "If this continues," warns Therexpert, with solemnity, "humans may soon be
      replaced as the dominant statues on this planet."

      [Excerpted from:
      APRIL MOOS!!!


      [From "Drudged Up": a clandestine photo of the man experts believe is the
      leader of this innundation:

      [A photo taken recently in New York by the Mad Cowboy:

      [Photo of mad cow in London, England, during the filming of the Mad Cowboy

      [Actual Article: "The Sound of Moo-sic"

      [Actual Article: Alligator Statues:

      [Actual Article: Cows on Parade (covers many cities, other countries):

      [Actual Article: Calvacade of Cod:

      [Actual Article: Lions in Israel

      *02: Capitol Hill Served 300+ Vegan Meals
      Thousands of caring people in all 50 states and around the world on March
      20 by hosted Meatout Events. In Wash. DC, over 300 Congressional Staffers
      were served free Vegan Meals by FARM.

      [Pictures of the event:

      [About the Meatout:

      *03: Articles: The Environment
      "The United States of America is the world's largest energy producer,
      consumer, and net importer. It also ranks twelfth worldwide in reserves of
      oil, sixth in natural gas, and first in coal."

      [From: http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cabs/usa.html

      Mar. 18, 2003: HOUSTON (Reuters) - Texans like to say that they live and
      breathe barbecue--which may be one of the reasons why the air is so bad in
      Houston, the state's so-called barbecue capital.

      According to a study from scientists at Rice University in the city,
      microscopic bits of polyunsaturated fatty acids released into the
      atmosphere from cooking meat on backyard barbecues are helping to foul the
      air in Houston. The city at times registers levels that rank it as one of
      the more polluted U.S. urban areas in terms of air quality.

      The report is expected to be published next month in an academic
      periodical. The team at Rice conducted its survey of Houston air over a
      one-year period between 1997 and 1998. "

      [Excerpted from:

      Jan. 22, 2003: WASHDC - U.S. industries discharge several billion pounds of
      toxic chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders,
      and other chronic health problems each year, according to a new report
      released today by U.S. PIRG. The report, Toxic Releases and Health,
      summarizes air and water pollution reported by industry from 1987 to 2000
      and identifies significant gaps in information on health impacts of such

      Since 1987, toxic pollution linked to serious health effects has shifted
      from the traditionally industrial Northeast and Midwest to the South,
      according to the report. In addition, a significant portion of toxic
      releases are concentrated in a small number of areas. For example, in 2000,
      76% of air and water releases of chemicals linked to potential reproductive
      harm occurred in just ten zip codes."

      [Excerpted from extensive and disturbing press release at:

      [Great interactive health impact/pollution-type maps, data, Executive
      Summary, Recommendations:

      *04: Articles: Sustainability
      Sept. 14, 2001 Will Knight - "Buildings with integrated wind turbines could
      generate at least 20 percent of their own energy needs, and perhaps all.
      They would be more power efficient than ordinary wind farms or solar
      powered constructions, say UK researchers.

      An international team of architects, engineers and aerodynamicists has come
      up with a design for a multi-tower office building or block of flats with
      wind turbines fitted in between. This design is one result from an
      EC-funded project, "Wind Energy for the Built Environment", or Project WEB.

      Wind power is in general more cost effective and takes up less space than
      solar power.

      [Excerpted from:

      Feb 15, 2003: Jenny Hogan - "Buildings of the future could be "clothed" in
      a flexible, power-generating material that looks like denim. The Canadian
      company developing the material says it can be draped over just about any
      shape - greatly expanding the number of places where solar power can be

      The inventors hope their power-generating material will enable architects
      to design complex, curvy buildings that can nevertheless carry solar cells.
      One day, consumer products such as personal stereos and cellphones might
      also harness "denim-power" to charge their batteries."

      [Excerpted from:


      Feb. 12, 2003: CHAPEL HILL - Students at the University of North Carolina
      made history yesterday as they enthusiastically approved a referendum that
      will make UNC the first university in the Southeast to obtain some of its
      power from renewable energy sources. The proponents of the referendum were
      ecstatic at the news, which they say will reduce the university's
      greenhouse gas emissions while establishing UNC as a leader in
      environmentally friendly energy use.

      The passage of the referendum, approved by 74.5 percent, will result in an
      increase in student fees of four dollars per semester. Beginning in 2004,
      a committee appointed by Student Congress will oversee the spending of the
      money levied by this increase, which could total as much as $300,000 per
      year. One proposed project is the purchase and installation of solar
      thermal panels for the roof of the science complex currently under

      Other institutions, including Swarthmore College and the University of
      Colorado at Boulder, have established renewable energy programs similar to
      the one proposed at UNC. According to Cindy Shea, UNC's Sustainability
      Coordinator, renewable energy programs at universities in Pennsylvania
      "drive the wind energy market" in that state.

      [Excerpted from:

      *05: Articles: Diseases
      "Mar 25, 2003: MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An elk found dead on a farm has tested
      positive for chronic wasting disease, the first time the disease has been
      found in Wisconsin in an animal other than deer, state agriculture
      officials said Tuesday.

      Chronic wasting disease attacks the brains of animals like deer and elk.
      The disease causes the animals to grow thin, act abnormally and eventually
      die. It was first discovered in Wisconsin in February 2001 in wild deer
      southwest of Madison. It has not been found in the wild in Minnesota.

      Fears that the disease may have spread throughout the state's wild deer
      herd have thrown Wisconsin's hunting community into turmoil. Wisconsin
      imposed emergency restrictions on moving animals to and from game farms in
      April 2002 to slow the disease's spread."

      [Excerpted from:

      [Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection:

      Mar. 27, 2003: (swissinfo):"Swiss officials are concerned about lax
      procedures in the slaughter of animals and in the disposal of animal waste.
      Switzerland's BSE unit says Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, more commonly
      known as mad cow disease, is proving difficult to combat. In its first
      report since it was set up one year ago, the unit says controls of animal
      feed are good, but that more rigorous practices are needed in the slaughter
      and disposal of animals and animal waste.

      The one real change we might like would be to stop the practice of
      splitting the vertebra, Kihm [head of Switzerland's Federal Veterinary
      Office] said.

      Both Switzerland and Britain wanted that, but it is almost impossible. You
      would have to change the whole slaughter process, and it would have a major
      impact on the industry. The practice of splitting vertebra means that
      material from the spinal column, in which the BSE infection is usually
      present, can spread into the surrounding meat, which then has to be cleaned
      in a complicated and time-consuming process."

      [Excerpted/edited from:

      Mar. 10, 2003 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- "Drug-resistant germs are on the rise in
      the United States and experts predict a sharp jump in the strains of a
      dangerous form of strep that can overcome two common antibiotics.

      By summer 2004, as many as 40 percent of the strains of Streptococcus
      pneumoniae could be resistant to both penicillin and erythromycin,
      researchers warn. That form of strep causes thousands of cases of
      meningitis, sinusitis, ear infections and pneumonia every year.

      The report [published today's online edition of the journal Nature
      Medicine] provides further support for arguments against unnecessary
      antibiotic use, said Marc Lipsitch, one of the researchers. For years,
      public health experts have warned that overuse of antibiotics is leading to
      more drug-resistant bacteria."

      [Excerpted/edited from:

      *06: Humor: Udder Disgrace in the Midwest
      (by Dave Barry)

      <<severely edited throughout>>

      "Yes. There are men in Wisconsin who are deliberately using artificial
      means to make their cows' udders more attractive. Why? Because these men
      are very, very lonely.

      No, seriously, they are doing it to win livestock shows. These are
      competitions in which cows are judged on various characteristics...

      For livestock judges, the most important part of a cow is the udder,
      because this is where the cow produces important dairy products such as
      milk, butter, cheese, yogurt and ranch dressing, via a process called

      Cheating in livestock shows is illegal, and punishable by fines, or even

      Fortunately, there is hope, thanks to the work of top cow scientists at the
      University of Wisconsin-Madison. According to the Journal Sentinel, these
      scientists have developed a technique, using ultrasound, to check udders
      for tampering."

      [For the full and hilarious article:

      *07: Articles: Human Health
      Mar. 13, 2003: by Kristina Campbell, Editor Health Behavior News Service:
      "Heart disease ranked as the most expensive medical condition during 1997,
      according to a new study that analyzed health care costs and determined the
      15 costliest health problems that year.

      The price tag for treating heart disease came to $58 billion, while the
      next most expensive condition - cancer - cost $46 billion, according to the
      study by Joel W. Cohen and Nancy A. Krauss at the Agency for Healthcare
      Research and Quality. The next most costly conditions to treat were trauma,
      costing $44 billion, and mental disorders at nearly $30 billion.

      [Excerpted... more stats of note at:

      "Poland's switch to a market economy in the early 1990s and its ending of
      subsidies for meat has coincided with a sharp and unexpected decline in
      deaths from heart disease in that Eastern European country, a team of
      multinational researchers report.

      "This decline is apparently without precedent in peacetime," the authors say.

      They conclude that this is the result of the Poles' increased consumption
      of fruit [and vegetables] and their switch to products made with vegetable
      fat from those with animal fat. "The change in fat consumption has been a
      consequence of market conditions," they write, noting that the end of
      government subsidies for meat coincided with a big push by margarine
      manufacturers to sell products with vegetable fat in Poland."

      [Excerpted from:

      [Original Study:
      "Ecological study of reasons for sharp decline in mortality from ischaemic
      heart disease in Poland since 1991" Witold A Zatonski, Anthony J McMichael,
      and John W Powles British Medical Journal 1998; 316: 1047-1051

      Mar. 17, 2003: The number of obese people in the world may be as high as
      1.7bn, experts have calculated. The International Obesity Taskforce (IOTF)
      says that the current method of calculating obesity - which gives a figure
      of around half of this - is flawed.

      This because it fails to take into consideration the fact that Asian people
      seem to be more vulnerable than other racial groups to the effects of
      excess weight.

      The World Health Report 2002 estimated that more than 2.5 million deaths
      annually are weight related and forecast this could rise to 5 million by
      2020. Deaths directly related to obesity have been estimated at 320,000 a
      year in Europe and more than 300,000 in the USA."

      [Excerpted from:

      *08: Articles: Vegetarianism
      "Chemicals found in broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, and other cruciferous
      vegetables may protect against lung cancer, according to a new study
      conducted jointly with US and Chinese researchers.

      Researchers studied more than 18,000 men. They found that the men with
      detectable amounts of chemicals known as isothiocyanates in their bodies
      had a 36% lower chance of developing lung cancer over 10 years.
      Isothiocyanates are found in broccoli and other so called "cruciferous"

      The study is the first to link levels of isothiocyanates with a decrease in
      cancer risk, as previous studies had relied on dietary questionnaires that
      give no information on absorption or blood levels.

      According to one of the researchers, it is more prudent to "just eat the
      vegetables", rather than looking for benefits from supplements.

      (The Lancet August 26th 2000;356:724-729 )

      [Excerpted from:

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